We help our voice students achieve beautiful sound, clearly express words and melodies and develop healthy technique that will ensure many years of musical enjoyment. Students learn good posture and breathing techniques to maintain and strengthen their voices. Emphasis is on good intonation and vocal production, rhythm, diction and expression.
Students may choose to participate in Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) examinations or music festival competitions. We encourage participation in musical theatre, choirs and other ensembles and we prepare many students for auditions for school or community productions.
Kim is a fun loving teacher, musician, song leader, arts administrator and coordinator, and choir director. She teaches piano and voice, and thanks her parents for giving her the best gift ever…music lessons! Growing up in rural eastern Ontario, she began studies in piano at age 7, and singing lessons at age 10, and began to work as a church musician at age 12. Since that time, she has enjoyed teaching private lessons, as well as singing and playing piano with a number of choirs, groups, working as a wedding and life celebrations musician, and as a music teacher offering private lessons. Kim is full of energy and particularly enjoys teaching terrified beginners. “I believe it is a most precious gift, to have the opportunity to inspire others by giving them the time, education, and opportunity, to sing or play their own song,” she says. “It is a joy to work with those who sing and play with me!”
Jessica Bianconi is a BMus Student at Carleton University and recent graduate of the Canterbury High School Vocal program. She has a background in classical, pop, rock and musical theatre. She is also a singer/songwriter and has grown up in the Ottawa Music Scene.
She began singing in choirs at a very young age and took part in the Ottawa Catholic Choir and Ottawa Children’s Choir. Jessica has trained classically under highly recognized university professor, from the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto, Yoriko Tanno Kimmons. She also completed her level 8 Royal Conservatory of Music certification in 2016.
Jessica has trained with Bernard Fowler, backup vocalist for the Rolling Stones and also recorded under Rob Lamothe, from the band the River Dogs. She has been the lead vocalist in many bands and has both written lyrics and composed for them.
In her most recent solo project, Jessica has been performing around Ottawa and recording her first solo EP in studio.
Ally Downes is a BMus voice student at the University of Ottawa, currently studying under Allyson McHardy. She’s been involved with music since age 4 and has continued throughout her life to expand her musical knowledge. She has her Royal Conservatory of Music certificates for Levels 9 for voice, 7 for piano, and 9 for harmony.
Until age 14, Ally had always been rather shy with showcasing her music, but after joining the vocal group at Castor Valley Elementary School, she began to be more outwardly involved with performing. Later that year, she auditioned for the vocal program at Canterbury High School, where she graduated from in 2018. There she was in various choirs, musicals, and even operas in her voice studio; she also competed in various competitions. In her gap year between high school and university, she was asked to perform at Rideau Hall by the Governor General herself, and she also substituted at Glebe Montessori School as a music teacher for the end of the year. There she gained a love for teaching, and had lots of fun exploring music with children of many ages.
Ally teaches voice and beginner piano. She is well trained in classical and musical theatre, and enjoys working in many other styles! She loves to keep a fun atmosphere while also tailoring lessons to each student’s needs, so they can learn and improve to their fullest potential.
Soprano Rachael Jewell received her Master of Music degree in 2015 from the University of Ottawa, studying with soprano, Christiane Riel. In 2013, she completed her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Ottawa under the direction of Ingemar Korjus. Rachael has performed in masterclasses with recognized musicians such as, soprano Carolyn Hart, soprano Edith Wiens, and artistic director Kim Mattice Wanat.
Rachael has performed leading roles in the University of Ottawa’s opera productions of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, and Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, and sung the roles of “Ilia” in Mozart’s Idomeno and “Musetta” in Puccini’s La Boheme. She is currently studying with Christiane Riel, as well as one of New York City’s top vocal teachers, Dr. Michael Warren. Rachael’s love for performing extends into her passion for teaching voice, theory and beginner piano. Her teaching style reflects a strong belief in providing a positive and nurturing environment for students to grow to their full potential. Rachael’s personalized lesson plans help students develop the necessary skills to achieve their musical goals, whether learning for fun or working towards RCM examinations.
Valentyna graduated from Gorky State Conservatory (Gorky, Russia) as a choir conductor and piano instructor. She worked with choirs leading them to successful performances in national competitions. For over twenty-five years she worked in a Kiev teacher’s college teaching piano, voice and music theory. Valentyna and her husband Yosyp moved to Canada in 2001. She is now a Canadian citizen and she has continued her career as piano and voice instructor and choral conductor. Valentyna has had many successes with her students, one of whom won the prestigious Silver Medal from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She has been teaching at Manotick School of Music since 2002.
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